Juno Mamba, electronic flair, and Ballarat’s musical mecca for Be_Hear / Now
The music of Juno Mamba / Vinci Andanar is definitely an experience. Listeners are brought into his world through a plethora of unique electronic elements, culminating in particular from influences beyond the realms of music.
“I get a lot of inspiration from everywhere, not just music. I am inspired by sportspeople and athletes, ”he says.
Vinci’s love for music began in his hometown of Ballarat, which has undoubtedly helped shape some of our best musical artists in recent times.
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He notes that the city’s rich music scene and multitude of talented people helped make it an easy choice to pursue a career in the arts.
“Ballarat is one of the most talented and creative cities. I think being in a city of 110,000 people is still a lot of people, but growing up it seemed quite small, ”he says.
“It’s probably all generations, but I feel like in my generation there were so many talented people. Much of this was related to the Karova Lounge in Ballarat. They really encouraged the local groups.
This is what was once known as the Karova Lounge, (now Volta), the place was once a hub for young people making their way to Ballarat. Perhaps this was the key to the city’s success: anyone who wanted to become musicians would go there, meet industry colleagues, and find their way into the area of their dreams.
“My first group battle took place in Karova when I was 15/16 years old,” says Vinci. “Then all I wanted to do after that was play Karova and I couldn’t wait to be 18 and start doing shows.
“That’s how I got into the industry, I was just hanging out in Karova every night when I was 18. I used to meet people this way.
The city has not only encouraged those in the music field, but also talented individuals from all creative fields around Ballarat.
“Videographers, photographers, graphic designers,” he continues, “a whole bunch of people who I think were either a few years above me or a few years below me have just done amazing things. I can’t speak enough about Ballarat and there are obviously some key figures in Ballarat who made this possible.
The Be_Hear / Now festival experience has been great for musicians to learn, network and create a performance that defines itself. Vinci noted that the Be_Hear / Now performance meant a lot to him.
“For this project, an important thing for me was to create music that made people think and contemplate life, because this project was a vehicle for me to explore these thoughts,” he says.
“Personally, I was at a point where I was pretty lost in my life, and I needed to channel that energy into something, so it was through this music and through this project.”
This experience empowered Vinci to connect with an audience that may not be familiar with his work, detailing what he hopes listeners will take away from Juno Mamba’s performance in the Be_Hear / Now world.
“I love to listen to music where I’m completely taken elsewhere and start daydreaming,” he says. “This is what I hope people will take away from listening to my music. I think it’s important for us to be still and to assimilate everything. For me, music helps me get into this state of mind.
As the Be_Hear / Now videos we’ve featured so far make clear, they’re an incredible display of visual mastery, with the talented team working with the artist to follow his vision and bring things to life.
Vinci’s vision for the incredible video below resulted in extensive consultation between him and the wonderful Be_Hear / Now team.
“I think we did a good job pairing it with the song,” he says. “Very early on, I was put in contact with videographer Jack and Adrian who did all the visuals. So I had a few references in mind, and I communicated that to them.
On the music side, they were fresh songs created just for the festival; “For my part, there was a little preparation, I never played these songs live. It took a few weeks to prepare the songs, and since it’s electronic, there are a lot of things that I had to schedule in advance. I had a brand new live setup during lockdown so this was my first time using this brand new live setup, ”he adds.
It’s clear that Vinci pays a lot of attention to all areas of his musical creation – Juno Mamba’s music is an experience, everything was focused on this Be_Hear / Now performance – from music to lights.
“I also programmed lights for the show,” he continues. “With my previous group, we were pretty anal with our light show. I think it helps these days, it’s almost a standard, you need to have a good light show, or at least a minimum of something flashing in time.
The world was built during a Juno Mamba performance not only through stunning visuals, but also an array of equipment and instruments that set it apart from the pack.
“I have all these guitar pedals, my synth and my drum pads. Then I also have my guitar pedal and my guitars. So there was a bit of preparation to make sure everything worked and fit the way I wanted to perform the songs.
The Juno Mamba song below means a lot to Vinci and helps come full circle in the Ballarat Be_Hear / Now experience.
“The song I performed was inspired by my first minor rage in Ballarat, in this place called La Chapelle. Also, my friend who wrote the lyrics for the song was with me that night, about 17 years ago, ”he says.
“It’s pretty funny, it’s just a whole moment where I’m doing this performance for Be_Hear / Now for Ballarat, and the song I was singing was basically about a night out at Ballarat.”